Given a choice, would you vote “yes” for weed? Marijuana also known as “pot,” “grass,” “dope,” and medically-referred to Cannabis is in the midst of a heated debate pushing its legalization. Some states already allowed the use of the substance for medical purposes. Washington and Colorado are the only two US states that allow both medical and recreational of marijuana. In these states people can spot medical dispensaries almost everywhere and users can enjoy a joint in private clubs as well as in public festivals.
In 1971, a middle-aged woman decided to smoke marijuana for the first time in her life, only to find outthat she was allergic. Her doctors, baffled by her mild anaphylactic reaction, published her case in the first report to ever document this phenomenon. Despite leaving behind a medical legacy, it’s unlikely that this woman was the first person in history to have this unfortunate allergy. As recent studies show, cannabis allergies are on the rise as more people around the world try the drug. Some workers in the hemp industry have also reported allergy-like symptoms, which may include rhinitis (nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, red eyes, etc.), hives, or swelling.
When you cook with cannabis something happens that doesn’t happen when you smoke it. When you eat cannabis it goes straight into your bloodstream. When you smoke marijuana it goes into your nervous system. When you eat it the high lasts longer and it takes longer to take effect. Cooking with cannabis give’s you the decarboxylation. Turning THCA into THC. So cannabis is an amazing plant. It contains these molecules that can be abstracted from the plant in a variety of ways.
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Back in the times when the medical field was uncultivated and lack innovation, people turn to traditional forms of medicines. People praise herbal plants that have medicinal effects in treating various diseases. In developing countries, where medical help is still out of reach, these practices are still in use.
Soon, gone are the days when you want to enjoy a joint means dropping by to a place with shady aura with rustic gates. At the counter, customers can purchase a brownie or another edible without proper packaging and printed information about its contents. With more US states moving towards in legalizing marijuana use, its target market will be bigger and the demand will be higher. Moreover, it will be easier for people to obtain a stash of the substance on the streets. Currently, most states have a black market for marijuana.
Legalizing marijuana is the current roadblock that must be overcome to obtain freedom in marijuana use in the United States. Marijuana has always been a subject of a hot, public debate since the substance offers two sides of the coin. Just like in any debate, people are divided in their views about the substance as marijuana is constantly in the gray area. Those on the “pro” side argued that it is best to legalize marijuana because of its prevalence and demand.
Soon, gone are the days of hidden rendezvous with your dealer as there is a possibility that you can buy weed in convenient stores. The pot can be consumed like cigarettes and alcohol. Legal use and procurement of marijuana is in the midst of debate and lawmakers are battling whether to allow the public to openly use marijuana. The substance is currently decriminalized in a total of 18 US states with Washington and Colorado allowing users to freely use weed.
There is an ongoing battle to legalize marijuana use and advocates are clamoring for lawmakers to say “yes” in decriminalizing cannabis. The cannabis industry is a big business that is booming because of its current legislative battle. Soon, there is no stopping the mainstream marketing and advertising of marijuana. Currently, 18 states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes and 17 of these states decriminalized the substance. Meanwhile, only Washington and Colorado allow freedom of marijuana use.
Everyone loves NPR’s show Planet Money, and on February 6th, the show ran a special edition called Big Weed, in which they explored the ins and outs of the industry, and why it is so hard for legitimate dispensary businesses in places where cannabis is legal to open bank accounts and do the other things that regular businesses need to do. This was a very interesting edition of their show, and a much needed wake-up-call to the world that cannabis business owners deserve to be treated like everyone else.
We all know that support for cannabis legalization is growing all the time, but did you know that Republicans, well, at least the millennial Republicans, are mostly in support of legalization too? In light of recent legislative changes, young Republicans are showing as much support for cannabis as their more liberal counterparts.
Colorado cannabis dispensaries are now facing another harsh penalty on top of not being able to open bank accounts or take out loans; they are being charged an additional fee for paying their taxes in cash rather than electronically filing.
2014 marked the first official year of legal cannabis sales in the United States, ever, and Colorado sold a whopping $700 million worth of cannabis during this first year, according to official tax records. According to The Cannabist and based on the numbers pulled from the official Department of Revenue this year, the cannabis sales total for the the tax year were $699,198,805. $385.9 million of that can be attributed to medical sales across the state, and $313.2 comes from recreational sales, squeaking by right behind the medical with some pretty impressive numbers.
On Tuesday, February 3rd, medical cannabis vending machines officially opened in Seattle, WA. The same thing has been available in Denver since last April, and we are hoping to see a rise in this trend, both medically and recreationally, across the country. These vending machines are called ZaZZZ, and allow customers to purchase cannabis straight from the machine instead of having to deal with a budtender.
Last week, Obama finally gave approval to banks to work with cannabis businesses in a legitimate capacity. This is something that has been a major concern in the past, as businesses have been operating on a cash-only basis and therefore struggling to establish legitimacy and maintain open and honest policies.
Recently, a major bill introduced to the Italian senate fully legalizing recreational cannabis has received support from both parties, and is currently making strong progress towards becoming law. According to an article for International Business Times, a motion was signed a few weeks ago to legalize cannabis across Italy. Senator Benedetto Della Vedova is behind the bill, and so far has the backing of 60 other politicians. Della Vedova has ties to the Radical Party in Italy, which has been trying since the 1970s to make cannabis legalization a reality in Italy.
So far, the massive movement towards legalization of both recreational and medical cannabis across the country has gone remarkably well. Crime rates and black market activities are down in the four legal states, one legal district, and 23 medical states. And the industry that is emerging from this positive change is astoundingly successful, becoming a business empire in its own right.
We’ve all heard of the munchies, and the more serious side of cannabis and appetite boosting, for those who are ill and have trouble eating. But many who are trying to watch their weight are concerned about getting the munchies and overeating. However, a new scientific study suggests that most pot smokers are slimmer than their smoke-free peers.
For the first time pretty much ever, a majority of Americans approve legalizing cannabis based on the findings of a recent poll. According to an article for USA Today, the latest General Social Survey poll taken by the National Opinion Research Center states that out of all subjects polled, 51.7% support legal cannabis, 41.7% oppose it, and 6.6% are undecided. While this is still a narrow margin, it is clearly up from the 43.3% who supported cannabis legalization in 2012.
Milestones in the History of Marijuana Prohibition